MODERN DAY CHARISMATICS AND WOF CHRISTIANS HAVE FORGOTTEN THE “IF”

As a product of the Charismatic and Word of Faith movement in the early 1980s, I will be forever indebted to ministries who brought much light to the body of Christ through their teachings.
I learned how to pray, exercise my faith and authority, resist the devil, walk in victory, and minister to others by listening to those classified as Charismatic/WOF ministers and reading many of their good books. I was also inspired by the personal life, integrity, and consecration of spiritual fathers like the late Kenneth E. Hagin who laid a tremendous foundation in me at his Bible school. The older I get the more grateful and appreciative I become for the life long blessing of having attended his school early in my Christian life. What a difference it  has made in my walk with the Lord! I shudder to think where I would be right now if not for being influenced by Dad Hagin’s ministry and other solid WOF ministries. By the way, the bad rap that Hagin received in many circles were from people who did not know him personally, and who were entirely ignorant of what he believed and taught. I also know that Dad Hagin never approved of some of the abuses, excesses, and extremes that came out of the WOF camp—especially regarding the unbalanced teachings on prosperity that came from some of his followers.
Having said all of that, I want to touch upon one area of imbalance that I’ve observed in Charismatic/WOF circles that is hindering many people from receiving God’s best in their lives. Modern day Charismatics and WOF Christians can quote the Word, but many are not walking in the fulness of the blessings that God has provided for us. For example, most know that healing is provided in the atonement and in the covenant God has made with us, but so few seem to be able to appropriate it in their daily lives. It’s even worse for those who are not in the full gospel movement and do not have light on such areas as faith and healing.

Ironically with more knowledge and more resources available on faith and healing today, there are actually more sick people in the Charismatic/WOF churches now than there’s ever been. That shouldn’t be. Something is awry. The large gap between what we believe, what we say, and what we actually possess needs to be narrowed.

Just the other day my wife and I were conducting a weekend of meetings, and we made a call for the sick to come forward to be ministered to. To my amazement, every single person in that place came forward. These were, for the most part, full gospel, tongue talking Christians. And this is the pattern we are seeing in most full gospel churches we’ve been to. Something is wrong. It is not the will of God for His children to be sick and diseased. This has troubled me and become a present burden. My heart goes out to so many who are struggling with their health. I’m actually praying and contemplating doing a faith and healing webinar to help the body of Christ make adjustments and receive healing. It is not God’s fault that so many Christians are sick and diseased. There are causes and there are hindrances to people receiving healing in their bodies.

Think about this: There was a day in the old covenant era when there was not one sick and feeble person among 3 million Israelites. How much more ought this to be the standard under a new and better covenant established upon better promises by the precious Blood of Jesus?

“He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes. (Ps. 105:37).

I’ve ministered healing to people for most of my ministry life. My wife and I have conducted healing schools and healing centers in the nations and in America throughout our many years in ministry. This is an area we have some knowledge and experience in, and yet we are ever growing and learning. As I stated, there are reasons Christians are sick; there are hindrances to them receiving healing. Many pray, and ask, and plead with God to heal them. They say they are believing God and they are confessing the Word, but it’s not working. Something is not right on their end.

We must understand that God does not change. His will and word is forever established in heaven. His will is always healing and divine health for everyone all the time right now. There are so many traditions, false beliefs, and erroneous mind-sets in the Church today concerning healing. For example, many Christians believe that whatever happens in life is God’s will. Some even have the audacity to say that God works in mysterious ways and you can never know what He’s going to do. Where is that in the Bible? What you will find in the Bible is the character of God and the revealed will of God for every area of life including divine healing and health. What you find in the Bible is God’s compassion for the sick and diseased in operation through the ministry of Jesus. Never did He send anyone away who came to Him for healing or a miracle. Never did He say that it wasn’t His will to heal or deliver them.

Sickness and disease is a curse. There are many old testament scriptures that clearly reveal this. The entire chapter of Deuteronomy 28 is one of my favorites. How much more true is it under this present dispensation of the new covenant. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13). The curse cannot come upon God’s children unless there is an open door for the enemy to have access.

Check this verse out in these two different translations:

“As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come” (Pr. 26:2 – KJV).

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim” (Pr. 26:2  – NLT).

This verse tells us that the curse without a cause cannot come. In other words, there are reasons that new  covenant believers are sick. It is not God’s fault. The problem is not on the sending end with God; it’s on the receiving end with us.

I’ve been around Charismatics/WOF people and Pentecostals for most of my Christian life, and too many of them are failing to appropriate the blessing of healing and health for themselves. It has been my experience in observing them and in working with some of them that there are two primary hindrances to receiving healing and walking in divine health. Unbelief and unforgiveness. We will write or speak more on these at another time. For now I want to share with you what the Lord made known to me specifically about modern day Charismatic/Pentecostal people especially in the WOF camp (word of faith).

He said to me, not in an audible voice, or out here in the physical realm, but on the inside of me in my spirit. He said that one of the big problems with many modern day Charismatics is that they’ve forgotten the “if”.

“…If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that health thee” (Ex. 15:26).

There is a condition attached to healing and health. It is obedience. In Deuteronomy we find the same condition.

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God (Dt. 28:1-2). 

Although the blessings of God encompasses the totality of our lives, two of the main areas it covers are divine health and financial/material provision and prosperity. And this chapter also outlines the curses that will come upon God’s people if they do not hearken to the Lord’s voice and obey Him.

“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee” (Dt. 28:15).

This is what I wanted you to see. There is a condition attached to the blessings of God that is not only seen throughout the old covenant but carries over into the new covenant as well. This is where many modern day Charismatics and WOF people have missed it. The Lord showed me that it’s a mind set. To them it sounds like works. In other words, if we do everything just right we will be healed. No, that’s not it. No, no, no! The issue is walking in the light that you possess. The issue is obedience to what you know to do or not to do – obedience to both His written word and what He says to you by His Spirit.

Oh, there’s so much more here, friends, that we will have to continue this in our next blog. Until you’ve heard the rest of it, don’t unhook or judge unrighteously.

Stay tuned for more…

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7 thoughts on “MODERN DAY CHARISMATICS AND WOF CHRISTIANS HAVE FORGOTTEN THE “IF”

  1. Oh Brother Bert, the staggering truth of your timely word from Heaven. Every “why” and “if” in the Bible rests on man, and not on God. Satan’s first deception never changes, and religion was a liar from the beginning. Hell’s great work is to slip the question mark off of Adam and onto God (Gen 3:1). Thank you for exposing one of satan’s greatest lies.

  2. This is quite an important problem to bring out — thank you for addressing it; I look forward to understanding more! A blessing, to see, as you said, that it’s a mind-set…maybe like a belief system, that comes as we grow in our knowledge of God! Considering this topic, would you have anything to say about the adjoining issue, as I understand, sometimes the cause of illness, demonic presence? There certainly doesn’t seem to be much success in the Church either, as to deliverance. I’ve heard, and read over and over that a possibly demonized person needs to repent, renounce, etc. before they can be delivered; but since demons lie and deceive, in my experience, it seems someone could be blocked from seeing, and coming to that place; so not able to receive the truth, or be convicted (I remember you’d spoken of a problem of lack of conviction), or even face that spiritual forces could be the real cause of their problem…so they seem to drift further and further from God, becoming more ungodly, and worldly.

    • Jesus didn’t deal with all demonic cases the same way. He was led by the Father. Everyone has a free will and there are limitations to exercising our authority over others. Often you can’t help people unless they give you permission to help them. I can exercise my authority over what is mine and keep the devil out of my house, but I can’t necessarily do that for others unless they ask me to help them. People choose and their choices make them who they are. The Word of God has all the answers.

  3. Too many Christians are not taking care of their health with proper diet and exercise. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, but they are abusing it with addictions, overeating, not being self-disciplined, making poor food choices, and failing to exercise regularly. All this excessiveness brings on heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, cancer, and more!

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